REACH­ING FOR THE MOON ( M)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

MIRANDA Otto stars as Pulitzer Prize- win­ning poet El­iz­a­beth Bishop, a frag­ile woman on the brink of fall­ing apart while hol­i­day­ing in Brazil in the 1950s. An in­tense at­trac­tion to fa­mous ar­chi­tect Lota Soares ( Glo­ria Pires) un­locks a strength of emo­tion Bishop never knew she pos­sessed and rekin­dles a past weak­ness for booze she never quite left be­hind. What might have been a ba­sic, by- the- num­bers biopic is en­hanced by the yin and yang of two dy­nam­i­cally dis­parate per­for­mances. To­gether, Otto and Pires con­vey ex­actly how two people can get along like a house on fi re while si­mul­ta­ne­ously driv­ing each other up the wall.

Now show­ing State Cin­ema

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